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Goblins and house elves - badlands - June 3rd, 2020

Are they the same species ?

RE: Goblins and house elves - Michael - June 10th, 2020

It is my understanding that they were supposed to be related in some way, but not the same species.

J.K. Rowling plays a little loosely with the idea of speciation. After all, Hagrid was a half-giant and one might think the giants couldn't have children with humans.

RE: Goblins and house elves - Irene - July 11th, 2020

I think that Goblins and House elves are different species. Certainly they fill different niches in the magical world.

Goblins, seems to be in the "everyday" world as bankers and accountants. But many magical items, like the Sword of Gryphendore, are goblin made. I think of them as being related to the Dwarves of many mythologies. The "accountant" part could be an unconscious part by JKR, as a sort of put-down.

House Elves are more like the brownies of the mythology I'm used to. Tied to their dwellings.
I'm thinking that magical sentient species can have children with other sentient species. BUT, mostly, Why would they want to?

RE: Goblins and house elves - namesarehard - November 8th, 2020

They're definitely different species.